Early travel tips for the holiday season

MIAMI (WSVN) - The Labor Day holiday is upon us, but folks are already looking ahead to the end of the year holiday travel season.

According to experts, when it comes to airfare, if you invest now, you’ll be thankful for those Thanksgiving travel rates later.  “I looked up the numbers just now, and it’s a great time, starting Monday morning, I would call,” said Gus Machado, with Brickell Travel.

Machado said many airlines, travel agencies and third-party booking sites offer big deals over the Labor Day weekend. “Rates are very good right now, but after the cheap rates go, then the prices go up and up and up. Some people think waiting to the last minute. I don’t think so.”

Some of the more popular, affordable destinations include London, Costa Rica and Cuba. “A huge one is Cuba, now a lot of people want to see their family members,” said Machado. “Beginning September 9, American Airlines will have round trip tickets for $250 with taxes included. That’s a bargain.”

When it comes to flying during the holidays, travel experts also recommend packing light to avoid luggage headaches. “I would do carry on as much as possible,” said Machado. “Definitely carry on. There’s so much luggage, and you don’t know the weather, with rain and stuff, so definitely carry on as much as possible.”

When searching for flights, there are a few things you can do to avoid taking a hit to the wallet.

– Set up price alerts on your phone to alert you when prices take a dip.

– Search for flights from alternative airports. For example, if you’re heading to Washington D.C. look for flights to Baltimore instead.

– Lastly, weekday flights can save you some cash, according to experts.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, the cheapest days to fly are Thanksgiving day, the Tuesday before the holiday, or the Friday after. “For Thanksgiving, leaving on Wednesday to Sunday, we have some great deals like Europe for $500 round trip including taxes.”

Follow these tips, and all you will have to worry about this holiday season is that turkey on the table.

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